POSTED: Friday May 22nd 2009

Chicago 2016 to Attend the African Games for Disabled Persons

Representatives from Chicago 2016 to attend largest African disability sport competition

CHICAGO (May 22, 2009)—Chicago 2016 today announced that a delegation from the bid committee, including Linda Mastandrea, director of Paralympic sport and accessibility, as well a representative from the University of Illinois’ disability sports program, will attend The African Games for Disabled Persons (JAPHAF) May 25-31 in Niamey, Republic of Niger.


The event, which is held every two years, is the largest disability sport competition in Africa and is expected to include athletes from more than 25 countries in Africa and Europe. Athletes will be competing in nine different sport disciplines: athletics, wheelchair basketball, weightlifting, handifoot, traditional African wrestling, judo, goalball, table tennis and sitting volleyball. Additionally, Chicago 2016 and the University of Illinois will hold a clinic in wheelchair basketball. The delegation will use this event to create opportunities for coach and athlete exchange programs.


“Chicago 2016 looks forward to attending this prestigious event and supporting disability sport in Africa and around the world, while at the same time learning from the organizing committee,” said Patrick G. Ryan, chairman and CEO of Chicago 2016. “Through partnering with institutions like the University of Illinois for coach and athlete exchange programs, we can help further the development of Paralympic sport and access to training and equipment in Africa.”


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Keywords · Chicago 2016 · African Games for Disabled Persons · The University of Illinois · Patrick G. Ryan · Paralympic sport ·

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